Kick off the new water year with the latest news

By | 02/07/2018

Water News


  • MDBA will be conducting an audit of water trades, to see why so many are reported at $0.
  • Of the final 450 GL recovery for the basin plan, most will be delayed. 62 GL will be recovered in the next year, all from off-farm improvements.
  • This article gives a good overview of where we’re at with the Basin Plan. Link
  • 2016-17 saw record low volumes of water delivery rights terminated. Only 5.1 GL across the whole basin.
  • Speak Up Campaign protesters were kicked out of a hotel in Canberra ahead of the Ministerial Council meeting.
  • MDBA announces that water trade from above to below Barmah Choke will continue to have the same trading limits in 2018–19.
  • Water investment firm Blue Sky hit by rumours of it being a ponzi scheme. Dismissed by this article in the AFR. Link

SA Specific

  • Multiple SA Murray irrigators overused between meter readings and felt the pinch of higher water prices late in 2017/18. Link
  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder gives home to rare bird in Milang.
  • Lower Limestone Coast, SA groundwater allocation halt questioned by Labor, minister said there will be further review.
  • Federal government attempts to bar its employees from testifying at the SA Royal Commission. Link

Victoria Specific

  • Barmah Choke trades will now be processed automatically in Victoria, significantly speeding up trade. Link
  • Lower Murray Water receives $3.025 million in Federal funding to expand its network by 25 GL. Link
  • SA’s Royal Commission held a meeting in Mildura, which heard from farmers worried about the rapid development of irrigated land in the area. Link
  • Goulburn-Murray Water’s delivery for 2017/18 was the largest for three years.
  • Goulburn-Murray Water and Yorta Yorta Nation signed agreement on works to be part of the Connections Project. Link
  • Yarrawonga Landcare celebrates 10th birthday and it has implemented projects with Goulburn-Murray Water.
  • Lake Eppalock to receive markers to help visitors locate themselves for emergency services.
  • Blue-green algae warning removed from Laanecoorie Reservoir. Link
  • Funding secured for supplying recycled water from Bacchus Marsh and Melton to farms.
  • One of Goulburn Weir’s original gates to feature in an exhibit at the National Museum in Canberra. Link

NSW Specific

  • NSW government finds no need to build dams over the next 20 years.
  • Amendments to NSW water legislation will allow suspension of water sharing plans for “environmental purposes”. May lower farm values. Link
  • NSW Department of Industry – Water has an open feedback form for the cap factor amendments. Closes 17 July. Link
  • ACT government cancels option to use Snowy Hydro water for its supplies, leaving more water for NSW. Link
  • Murray Valley Groundwater Irrigators Association Inc held their first meeting on 8 May. New group to give irrigators representation with policymakers. Link
  • Willow trees on the Lake Mulwala foreshore to be replaced by retaining walls and native trees. Link
  • Griffith City Council advertising a job whose role will be to improve the Lake Wyangan water quality issues. Link
  • Murray Irrigation Limited has elected three new directors; Ryan Gleeson, Noel Baxter and Steven Fawns. Link
  • IPART has confirmed that WaterNSW’s water charges will be restricted to CPI increases for 2018-19 in MDB, except Peel valley. Link
  • New NSW water regulation enforcer says he can turn off the pumps on rogue operators.
  • MDBA chair Neil Andrew toured the SunRice mill where he received the concerns of ricegrowers. Link
  • MDBA chairman met with Murray Irrigation Limited’s new directors to discuss irrigation and environmental watering. Link
  • Macquarie Valley irrigators to be give free water licences as compensation for loss of free floodplain harvesting. Link
  • NSW Government responds to the ABC’s stories on free water licences for certain floodplain harvesting farms. Link


  • WA’s EPA gives approval for the construction of four irrigation projects in the Kimberley.
  • California’s Fox Canyon will be the trial for the first groundwater market in the region. Expected to roll out to the rest of the state. Link


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